On “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
Earlier this year, I gave myself a more relaxed reading goal: re-reading books I love to rediscover why I fell in love with reading. I have slowly felt myself get bored and tired of reading because I was constantly trying to catch up with all the books book bloggers rave about. Not to mention, the number of book lists that pop up in my Facebook feed everytime I check it. I have a toddler, and “so many books, so little time” is only one of the many things I can describe how my life is going right now. I mean, just look at how dead this blog has gotten. (I’m trying, I’m really trying. *sad face*)
Close to the end of 2016, a list of book adaptations to be released in 2017 came out. I was excited but I didn’t feel pressured to read them all. I had this I’ll-read-it-and-watch-it-eventually mentality going at the time. And then I saw the trailer for Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything. And well, Nick Robinson.
Basically, I’m allergic to the world.
Nicola Yoon’s novel starts off with Maddy letting you know she’s never been outside. She lives her life as normal as she could between routines, regular (and sometimes hourly) check-ups. She has online classes, and she fills her time reading books. And then Olly’s family moves in next door.
I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.
Everything, Everything gave me that Hazel and Augustus feeling which I missed ever since I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars. It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact the characters (except Olly) are sick. It’s the us-againts-the-world thing while at the same time there is worry in the back of their minds.
I also enjoyed that Maddy reads. I found a Book Riot article which lists the books mentioned in the novel. Would I be adding those to my ever growing TBR list, YUP!
I constantly find myself gravitating towards young adult fiction which has a romance/love story line to them. It’s worse when I find the main characters are around sixteen to nineteen years old. For some reason, there is something inviting about meeting the love of your life (or someone you’re willing to go to extremes for) at that age.
The trailer for the adaptation looks great. However, if you haven’t read the book the trailer is pretty much most of it. Probably some parts of it would need more context. Hopefully the entire movie would live up to what I hope.